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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus.

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits and enhance academic skills. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 3 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 2, 2024, and end January 18, 2024. Academic classes meet four days a week with Wednesdays reserved for additional advising, academic support, and cocurricular activities.

Three-week courses include opportunities for small group work, hands-on learning, and concentrated time with professors and classmates. Many students find that taking one course in an intensive and supportive environment is a positive experience.


New and returning students enrolled in J-Term will work with their core advisor, or a designated advisor if they are enrolled in an upper-level course. The Drake Center for Academic Support will also be available for face to face or online appointments during the term for any students seeking additional academic support for coursework.

The library’s full collection of online and physical information resources is available to J-Term students, along with its study spaces. As during the fall and spring semesters, both drop-in support and online and face-to-face appointments are available.

Course Registration Process

Course registration for J-Term 2024 opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

Students should include second choices on their registration forms in case a course does not enroll or is over-enrolled. J-Term tuition is nonrefundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their academic advisor.

J-Term 2024 classes will be announced in fall 2023.

HTH2011: Sports First Aid

Assistant Professor Todd Miller

This course will introduce students to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries. Students will learn basic anatomy, exercise physiology, sport nutrition and the first aid skills to care for and prevent more than 100 sport-related injuries and illnesses. Course content will be delivered in the form of lectures, readings, videos and skill-based labs. Case studies will reinforce first aid skills as well as anatomy and physiology. Course evaluation will be based on written exams, practical skill exams, and lab exercises. This course uses the established America Sports Education Program Sport First Aid curriculum, a nationally recognized coaching education certification program. Upon completion of the class, students will be eligible to take the ASEP Sport First Aid exam, which is a requirement for many coaching jobs.(3 Credits)


  • WRT1011 and
  • EDU1011 or EDU1001 or EDU1201 and
  • 1000-level Natural Science Course (BIO1521, BIO1522, CHE1511, CHE1521, CHE1522, GEO1511, NSC1511)

CRW1011: Creative Writing

Associate Professor John Rose

Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1011 and COM1011, and one 2000-level Communication course.

ANT3711: Special Topics: Anthropology of Games and Play

Professor Peg Alden

This course will get students out into the real world of sports and play by taking a “hands on” approach to ethnography, the cultural anthropological approach to doing research. A review of Australian history and culture will provide a grounding for students’ ethnographies, as will case studies of the practice of sports and play that emphasize key issues in anthropology such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and stratification, violence, urban space, (post)colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. Emphasis will be put on ethnographic research methods and the empirical, scientific approaches used to conduct qualitative field work. Students with both design and undertake an ethnographic study related to a local sports or play practice, using observation, interviewing, surveying, and archived materials. The course will culminate in the presentation of their personal, ethnographic study. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, one of them in the Social Science discipline, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Students may not receive credit for both ANT2711 and ANT3711(3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1012

COM1011: Introduction to Communications

Associate Professor Liza Burns

This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

COM3065: Internatural Communication

Associate Professor Lee Crocker

This course explores internatural communication, a subfield in communication, where the relationships between humans and nature are analyzed. Scholars of internatural communication consider nature and animals to be cultures that have been marginalized. In this course we study societal beliefs about the environment and animals, and we look at economic and relational factors that have shaped our views of nature. There is a focus on communication and relationships with animals including wildlife, pets, service animals, and farm animals. The course can be used as an elective, and it fits a focus area for the COMEL degree. The course has a strong experiential component with case-studies of relevant organizations, such as farms, environmental organizations, animal shelters and animal training facilities. Students in this course engage in reading, writing and larger projects to study of their own choosing. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1011 Lecture and minimum grade of C in COM1011

THE2014: Special Topics: Stage to Screen

Assistant Professor Josh Moyse

In this course, students will explore the differences between Theater and Film. Students will be assigned to watch a variety of recorded stage plays and musicals and the subsequent movies that have been made from them. We will examine how the original theatrical material was adapted for the screen, and consider possible reasons for these changes and what it teaches us about each medium. This course will also include the study of plays, musicals, and movies that have socially vital messages and how they reflect a specific cultural context. Plays, musicals, and films under consideration for this course include Hamilton, Fences, Hairspray and West Side Story. Students may need to purchase individual films or a subscription for viewing. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in WRT1011

LIT3038: Special Topics: The Body Politic (Study Abroad)

This course is being offered as part of the J-Term 2023 Study Abroad program in London. The program is available by application only and the application deadline has now passed.

J-Term 2024 classes will be announced in fall 2023.

Students can also enroll in a variety of Physical Education classes.

PHE1132 Gentle Flow Yoga

Gentle Flow Yoga will introduce students to basic yoga poses, body alignment, attention to breathing and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to challenge their flexibility in mostly seated positions and will be guided through exercises to facilitate a connection between the body and breath. Gentle Flow Yoga deemphasizes the push-ups (chaturanga) commonly found in Vinyasa Yoga and instead focuses on range of motion in the hips, balance and flow. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PHE1181 Walking for Health

This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated. If there is adequate snow cover, this will be a snowshoeing course.

Landmark College Students, On Campus (January 2 – 19, 2023)

Tuition $5,300
Room (3 weeks) $630
Board (3 weeks)       $630
Total $6,500
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